European Union leaders arrived in Brussels today to press Turkey to do more to stop migrants from entering Europe and to shore up support for Greece, where thousands of people are stranded.They are expected to declare the main Balkan migrant route closed after Macedonia – backed by Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary – limited border crossings to a trickle. Ahead of the summit, some 14,000 people were camped by Greece‘s border with Macedonia hoping desperately to be allowed to cross.
The leaders are set first to hold talks at 11.30am GMT with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.They are likely to tell him of concerns about human rights after the Turkish government seized control of a critical newspaper. But EU officials said they will also be anxious not to alienate Ankara just as hopes are rising of a solution to the crisis.
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